Meet Vivienne Ming, Founder, Executive Chair and one of the Professional Mad Scientists Behind Socos Labs
About Vivienne & Why She Created Socos Labs
Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, author and mother who has been featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Atlantic and Quartz Magazine. She has been widely recognised for her hard work and dedication, receiving numerous awards such as Berkeley’s Chamber of Commerce Visionary Award, and has also been named one of the Ten Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine!
In 2005, Ming came out as a trans woman. Eight years later, she and her wife, Norma, founded Socos Labs, a science incubator dedicated to solving some of the world's most pressing problems.
What they do: Using Machine Learning to help Maximise Potential
Did you know that skills like collaboration and creative problem-solving help improve students’ and workers’ performance? However, little is done to reinforce them. This is where Socos Labs comes to play.
Socos Labs combine machine learning with naturalistic data to assess and provide relevant feedback to educators on what they can do to support children’s development through research-based activities.
Improving both public and private policy is our core mission."
Via their incubator, they also invest intellectual capital in the form of time and experience in projects, ideas and startups that they believe have the potential to make a true, meaningful difference in the world. This can be a prototype or simply a better understanding of the problem space that reveals why others have failed. Importantly, this means inventing solutions that actually solve problems, meaning people will use it (and, for startups, investors might actually back it). Some startup projects they have supported include Optoceutics, Cognixion and humm.
To support that mission, Socos Labs communicate their research across a broad range of channels such as peer-reviewed scientific journals, conferences, thought pieces and op-eds for the public. They also use their research to inform both policymakers and business leaders.
We are so proud to feature Vivienne and Socos Labs on InvestHer Directory, the world’s first global directory of companies founded or co-founded by women.
Meet Leanne Pittsford, Founder & CEO of Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, Welcoming You to Her Queer, Inclusive and Badass Squad
About Leanne & Why She Created Lesbians Who Tech & Allies
It all started with a clear mission 🎯: to increase the much-needed visibility and intersectionality within the technology community for underrepresented queer women in tech and their allies🏳️🌈.
After falling in love with tech while working at Equality California, Leanne Pittsford decided to make it happen, founding Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, her Queer, Inclusive and Badass Squad!
Based in the U.S,. Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is the largest LGBTQ community of technologists in the world. The community is changing the face of technology with 100,000 non-binary, LGBTQ+ women, and queer women of colour (and allies) across various races and ethnicities, abilities, and ages.
What they do:
Today Lesbians Who Tech has four main goals;
We are so proud to feature Leanne and Lesbians Who Tech on InvestHer Directory, the world’s first global directory of companies founded or co-founded by women.
At Lesbians Who Tech, we believe that learning how to code is more than education --
That's why they also offer the Eddie Windsor Scholarship, named to honour the extraordinary work of Edie Windsor, including her work as a computer programming pioneer at IBM. This scholarship makes it possible for non-binary and LGBTQ women to learn how to code, kickstarting their careers in technology. Through this scholarship, Lesbians Who Tech hope not just to create communities but push the tech sector to be more inclusive.
Follow Her, Support Her, Buy from Her, Promote Her:
Interested in joining the community, attending a summit, applying for a scholarship or buying their merchandise?
Find out more on their website - https://lesbianswhotech.org/about/